Lucy Kaplansky is a rare vocal talent, “a truly gifted performer...full of enchanting songs” (New York Times). Blending country, folk and pop styles, she has the unique ability to make every song sound fresh, whether singing her own sweet originals, covering country classics by June Carter Cash and Gram Parsons or singing pop favorites by Lennon/McCartney and Nick Lowe. A Billboard-charting singer and one of the top-selling artists on Red House Records, she has topped the folk and Americana radio charts and has been featured on shows throughout the world from NPR"s Weekend and Morning Editions to BBC Radio to CBS Sunday Morning.
Kris Delmhorst grew up in Brooklyn NY, but her musical home is in Boston MA where she cut her teeth on open mics, bar gigs, and subway busking before embarking on her life as an internationally touring songwriter. Her new album, Blood Test, her first of original music since 2008, is her seventh on the respected indie label Signature Sounds. Delmhorst now lives in the hills of western Massachusetts with her husband, songwriter Jeffrey Foucault, with whom she occasionally performs as part of the collective Redbird. The L.A Times calls her music “moody, euphoric, and transcendent” while the Boston Globe says “bold and brilliant.” She has also recorded vocals, fiddle and cello on over 50 albums from such artists as Peter Wolk, Mary Gauthier, and Chris Smither.
Consummate musicians and storytellers, Kim and Reggie Harris combine a strong folk and gospel legacy with a solid background in classical, rock, jazz and pop music. Creative curiosity, years of road and stage experience and interactions with performers such as Pete Seeger, Ysaye Barnwell, Jay Leno, Tom Paxton, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Harry Belafonte and others, has led them to produce music that entertains and inspires. Audiences at venues such as The Kennedy Center, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Smithsonian Institute, Reunion Arena in TX, the Psalm Festival in Graz, Austria, as well as a myriad of theatre arts centers, festivals, universities and schools, have given this inspiring duo standing ovations for their vibrant performances. “Kim & Reggie Harris inspire a sense of joy and exhilaration that lifts the soul ... makes you want to sing and celebrate your neighbor! Music that makes you come alive!”—Philadelphia Daily News
It's the first mother/daughter duo concert in the 19 years of West Side Folk. Before establishing herself as a solo artist, Suzzy Roche spent two decades singing alongside her sisters in one of folk music's most celebrated bands, The Roches. Daughter Lucy took to the family business after graduating from Oberlin College, singing backup for her brother Rufus, opening for her father Loudon Wainwright III, and touring with Dar Williams, Neko Case and Amos Lee. Here’s how Suzzy Roche describes her career: “I began singing with my sisters when I was a kid. Eventually, we became The Roches, and we performed professionally for over thirty years. One day we were singing on the streets of New York City, and soon we were on stage in the clubs around Greenwich Village, and then a record deal. We’ve had a long career that has included surprising collaborations with other wonderful musicians, memorable shows, numerous recordings, and countless songs…it would be ridiculous for me not to include my most important biographical note, which is that I was blessed with a daughter, Lucy Wainwright Roche, early in my career, and she is the joy of my life.”
So it’s fair to say that Lucy comes from a musical family. She’s the daughter of Suzzy and Loudon Wainwright III, and the half-sister of Rufus and Martha Wainwright. The BBC, in a review of her 2007 debut album, Lucy, says that “she’s clearly inherited her father’s way with words and her mother’s quirky nonchalance,” and that instead of the family’s “extravagant flamboyance,” she adopts “a rather more coy, introspective, and wholly less brazen approach both in song and delivery.” Lucy has sung backup for Neko Case, appeared on Late Night with David Letterman, and performed a duet of an Elliot Smith song with the host of This American Life, Ira Glass. She has a new solo album, There’s a Last Time for Everything, and an exquisite new album of duets with her mother, Fairytale and Myth. The website No Depression calls the mother-daughter album “ethereal and hauntingly beautiful,” and declares that it “poignantly captures the ragged ways that we all move between fantasy and reality.”
Peter Mulvey's story is pretty simple. College graduate from Milwaukee moves to Ireland in the early nineties, with guitar, and busks on the streets of Dublin. Hears that acoustic music is booming in Boston, comes back the U.S., and, in between the occasional paying gig, plays in the subway to make rent. Wins the prestigious Acoustic Underground Competition and awes both the audience and the press: "He simply blew away the competition. In twelve minutes, he blended wit, passion, a clear voice, and a sensational guitar style that was both technically complex and emotionally hot… Mulvey was nearly incendiary, the clearest star-in-making." (The Boston Herald). Since then, he's released 12 full length albums, including this year's Silver Ladder, while bringing his live-wire presence to stages around the world. As The Irish Examiner said: "Peter Mulvey is one of the most accomplished guitarists you're ever likely to hear… utterly original… it is nigh on impossible to explain him to the uninitiated… his intelligent and sometimes complex songs engage both hemispheres of the listener's brain… ."one of the finest, most complete entertainers… stunning/"
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